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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Community Festivals Light Up the Season

- December 3rd, 2012


Community Festivals Light Up the Season
'Tis the season for partying in your hometown, with open houses and shopping specials
across the region.
   Christmas in the Village (pictured) unwraps the pleasures of Building 50 and the Grand Traverse Commons on the west side of Traverse City. Other major events include:
  • Ladies Night in downtown TC on Thursday with refreshments, entertainment and 
    shopping specials.
  • Harbor Springs Open House on Saturday, including sleigh rides.
  • Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House with caroling, entertainment and a tree  
    lighting.

Following are some additional must-do's this week.  For the full list, check the Hot Dates calendar at www.northernexpress.com
Tuesday 12/4
-- A Celtic Christmas: All-female band, Cherish The Ladies, perform Irish-American holiday songs at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $9 for students.
-- Christmas Traditions: Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park discusses
the celestial phenomena at the root of worldwide Christmas traditions at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 

Thursday 12/6
-- East Jordan Holiday Community Night: Soup cook-off, 5:30pm; light parade, 6pm; Christmas caroling, 6:15pm; Santa visit, 6:30pm; s'mores, crafts, tree sale and more.
-- "The Good Doctor": Neil Simon's comedy at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7:30pm;
Sunday, 3pm. 947-2210 for tickets.

Friday 12/7
-- Annual Mt. Holiday Comedy Fundraiser: Open mic and amateur comedy competition at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6-10pm.  
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
"The Good Doctor": (See Thurs.)

Saturday 12/8
-- Jingle Bell Jam Concert: fundraiser for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County. Happening at the Manistee Eagles, 7pm, with live music by Redline, Triple Shot,
Wild Card, Junk Monkey and Rock Supply. Food, snacks and cash bar provided for ages
21 & older.
-- Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Time Christmas: Happening throughout Manistee.
Jingle Mingle party starts at 4:30pm, at the Ramsdell Inn; parade starts at 5:30pm.
-- Bikes for Tikes Program: Country music concert featuring Brian Glenn Nolf with the Lonesome Fugitive Band, Ruby Johns and Nashville recording artist Shelagh Brown at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Cost, $10 with 100% of proceeds to benefit the Bikes for Tikes program. Hosted by Sunny Country 101.9.
-- Holiday Concert: Presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at Lars Hockstad Auditorium,
TC, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm.

 
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